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Robert Downey Jr’s Post-Avengers Career Is Off To A Very Shaky Start, Dolittle

Last year, Avengers: Endgame managed to break Avatar’s record of the highest-grossing film of all time. Robert Downey Jr’s starrer made 2.796 billion dollars taking Avatar’s position as number one. Since his last appearance, Robert Downey Jr has been working on Dolittle, an American fantasy adventure movie. 

Shaky Start?

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Source: Business Insider

Released on January 17, 2020, Dolittle was slammed by critics and was considered too long and lifeless. The movie did not do well at the box office either as it grossed 29.5 million dollars in the United States and Canada. Box office collection in other countries estimated 27 million dollars. The production budget was 175 million dollars, and so the film suffered a massive loss.

Cast

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Source: Forbes

Robert Downey Jr. plays the role of Dr. John Dolittle. The cast also includes Michael Sheen as Dr. Blair Müdfly, Jim Broadbent as Lord Thomas Badgley, and Harry Collett as Tommy Stubbins. Jessie Buckley as Queen Victoria. Carmel Laniado as Lady Rose, Ineson as Arnall Stubbins, and Joanna Page as Bethan Stubbins are also included. 

The voice cast includes top actors like Rami Malek as Chee-Chee, John Cena as Yoshi, Emma Thompson as Polynesia, Kumail Nanjiani as Plimpton, and Jason Mantzoukas as James. Octavia Spencer as Dab-Dab, Tom Holland as Jip, Marion Cotillard as Tutu, Craig Robinson as Kevin, and Selena Gomez as Betsy were also included.

Directed by Stephen Gaghan, Dolittle is based on Hugh Lofting’s second book in the Dolittle series: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle. However, this movie stays true to the period when the books were published. On the other hand, Eddie Murphy’s 1998 film was set in the present time.

Plot

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Source: The Verge

The movie is set in the Victorian era, and RDJ is a veterinarian to Queen Victoria. Because of his ability to talk to animals, he’s extremely good at his job. In an attempt to cure Queen’s deadly sickness, he sails to a faraway land with a few of his animals.  

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